Extension of "Authorization to Stay"

Exceptional Extension (for more than 90 days)

How to Apply

Time of application

10 days before the expiry of the “Authorization to Stay”

Application procedures and documents required

  1. Application Approach
    1. The interested person or a legal representative making the application 10 days before the expiry of the “Authorization to Stay”.
    2. The legal representative should submit the following:
      1. A certified letter of authorization;
      2. A copy of his/her valid identification document.
    3. The Residence and Stay Affairs Department can refuse to accept applications which are submitted later than the above limited period or applications which obviously lack a justification.
  2. Documents Must be Presented
    1. Unless otherwise noted, the original should be exhibited for authentication if a copy is submitted;
    2. The copy should be authenticated if the original cannot be exhibited.
  3. Necessary Documents
    1. A completed application form (format 3); application form (format 9) is also required if the application includes family members;
      [Note: The forms are available at the respective Subdivision and the website of the Public Security Police Force]
    2. Copy of the interested person’s valid passport/travel document (bio data page and used inside pages only, and the Arrival Card for the latest entry to Macao) or identification document used for stay in Macao;
    3. Document which can confirm the justification for the application (e.g. document of kinship between the interested person and his/her kindred in Macao, medical certificate, Macao identity card of a kindred in Macao, etc.).
  4. Forms
    1. Application Form for Exceptional Extension of Authorization to Stay (format 3)
    2. Application Form for Applicant’s Family Members (format 9)

Location of Application and Service Hours

Apply in person: Public Security Police Force  – Stay Subdivision of the Residence and Stay Affairs Department

Address: Immigration Building of the Public Security Police Force, Travessa Um do Cais de Pac On, Taipa, Macao

Office Hours: Mon to Thu, 9:00 – 17:45
Fri, 9:00 – 17:30
(Closed on Sat, Sun and Macao government holidays)

Tags dispensed until: 17:00 (for making applications)
17:15 (collection of result or document supplementation)

Online System: Online Appointment System of Residence and Stay Affairs Department


Free of charge

Processing Time (excluding time of waiting in a queue and postage time for documents sent by mail)

Varies case by case

Remark / Requirements

  1.  The competence to examine and approve an application for exceptional extension remains with the Secretary for Security.
  2. The period to be extended depends on the written instructions given to the relevant authorization. Generally it would not be more than 1 year and is restricted to 30 days before the expiry of the applicant’s travel document and entry / re-entry permit(Article 9 of Administrative Regulation No. 5/2003).
  3. While waiting for the approval, the interested person is required to go through certain procedure (e.g. to collect a document for reporting to the Immigration Department) at the Stay Subdivision 2 working days before the expiry of the original Authorization or upon notification from the authorities so that he/she can continue his/her legal stay in Macao to wait for the application result.
  4. The interested person is required to bring along his/her valid passport / travel document / identification document based on which he/she is staying in Macao to go through the report formalities and check the progress of the application on the designated date. He/she can also use the “Inquiry System of Progress of Application for Extension of ‘Authorization to Stay’”  at our website to inquire about the progress of the application. If the application result is out, the authorities will promptly issue him/her “Slip of Authorization to Stay” and sign to acknowledge the notification letter.
  5. Penalty for overstay
    1. According to Administrative Regulation No. 14/2014 ‘Amendments to the Provision on Overstay in the 《Regulations of the Entry, Stay and Residence Authorization》’, persons who still stay in the Macao SAR but not over 30 days after the expiry of the authorization granted is fined MOP500 per overdue day from 9/7/2014. The violators are required to pay the fine immediately after they are arrested or report themselves to the police. The above mentioned penalty regulation is not applicable to those who have overstayed in Macao within one year. Those will be considered to be illegal immigrants if they do not pay the fine and the penalty regulation is not applicable to them. Moreover, they cannot make any application for Residence Authorization, extension of Authorization to Stay and Authorization to Stay for Non-resident Workers within two years to the Residence and Stay Affairs Department.
    2. According to Law No. 6/2004, persons who are considered to be illegal immigrants will be deported and interdicted from entry to the Macao SAR for the period indicated in the deportation order.

Application Status Enquiry and Result Collection

Application Status Enquiry: “Inquiry System of Progress of Application for Extension of ‘Authorization to Stay’”

Ways to collect service result:

1.in person

2.Collect by a legal representative.

Content provider: Public Security Police Force (CPSP)

Last modified: 2020-10-06 11:58

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